WHAT IS CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic takes a holistic approach to healthcare. It is a direct modality of treatment concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of mechanical disorders of the entire neuromusculoskeletal system including the spine, the extremities (e.g. foot/ankle, knee, shoulder), muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and the nervous system. This includes the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health.
Through comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis and individualized treatments & management plans it aims to enhance overall health, function & performance of the whole body.
In Australia, Chiropractors are recognised as primary health care providers and are trained to recognise conditions that require referral to medical practitioners or other allied health. Chiropractic university graduates hold a Master qualification. They complete a minimum of five years university training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, general medical diagnosis and chiropractic techniques to enable them to perform standard medical examinations of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems.
Chiropractors are required by Australian law, to maintain ongoing professional development and education every year to stay in practice. In Australia, all chiropractors are required to be government registered practitioners. If a chiropractor does not appear on this register they should not practice. The register can be found at: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx